Boston’s all too brief outdoor dining season is underway…whether you’re looking for a sunny spot where you can watch the world go by, or a quiet little urban oasis in which to enjoy dinner, there’s an al fresco area to suit your mood in the BostonChefs.com Outdoor Dining Guide.
Abigail’s in Kendall Square offers a fun spot to grab a flatbread and beer after work (or during lunch—they’re open all day). The building’s recessed corner provides a perfect nest for Abigail’s patio, where two-tone wooden furniture and orange umbrellas welcome guests to linger over an outdoor snack or enjoy a cocktail.
With high walls and lush greenery, Alba’s rooftop dining area makes it easy to forget that you’re dining in the middle of Quincy Center. It’s a perfect location for eating a steak under the stars or enjoying the game with a cold drink and some fresh air.
Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-864-2100
The subterranean spot on Brattle Street is bringing their cult favorite Secret Burger outdoors with their large patio. The seasonal hang sports blue umbrellas so you can lounge in the shade while you sip a cocktail and people watch in Harvard Square.
111 Harvard Street Cambridge, MA 02139 617-868-7600
Amelia’s Trattoria, just outside Kendall Square, offers folks at nearby MIT and the biotech firms a perfect spot to get some fresh air and recharge over lunch or dinner en plein air. The petit sidewalk patio is lined with flowering plants and shrubs, and covered by shade-casting umbrellas.
Aquitaine, the grande dame of the South End’s French restaurants, recently unveiled its brand new sidewalk patio – twenty years in the making. The elegant little Tremont Street perch is lined with planters and shaded by striped umbrellas (très chic, as the French would say).
950 Providence Highway Dedham, MA 02026 781-471-5212
With a little more room to spread out – one of the perks of their suburban location – Aquitaine Dedham at Legacy Place is the only of the three Aquitaine locations to boast outdoor seating. Enjoy classic French fare en plein air.
Area Four Boston
264 East Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02118 857-317-4805
Area Four Boston brings their signature fare, cooked in and over open flames, to the great outdoors. Swing by their South End patio to enjoy a pizza pie, or one of their coveted meat or fish entrees, while basking in the evening sun.
Area Four Cambridge
500 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139 617-758-4444
Looking out over the green at Technology Square, Area Four’s sidewalk patio is a perfect perch for an outdoor meal. Snag one of the wrought iron tables for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy chef-owner Michael Leviton's menu of small plates, sandwiches or breakfast pastries with a cup of coffee.
40 Edwin Land Boulevard Cambridge, MA 02142 617-806-4122
ArtBar, the Royal Sonesta’s signature restaurant, may be one of the city’s best kept al fresco secrets. The riverside patio, practically on the banks of the Charles, offers shaded tables where diners can escape the summer sun, and spectacular views of the twinkling Boston skyline after the sun goes down.
ArtScience Culture Lab & Cafe
650 East Kendall Street Cambridge, MA 02142 857-999-2193
Not to be contained, Café ArtScience’s creative fusion overflows onto the Cambridge restaurant’s patio during the warm summer months. Snag one of the first-come, first-served tables to enjoy an inhalable cocktail from co-founder Todd Maul or exquisite bites from the kitchen.
555 Talbot Avenue Dorchester, MA 02124 617-825-4300
Warmed by powerful heat lamps and a central fire pit, Dorchester diners can sit outside from mid-spring well into October at Ashmont Grill. Chef-owner Chris Douglass, also of Tavolo, serves up delicious, fresh-from-the-farm comfort food at neighborhood joint prices.
Babbo Enoteca e Pizzeria
11 Fan Pier Boulevard Boston, MA 02210 617-421-4466
Enjoy pizza (or pasta or whatever your hungry little heart desires) on the patio Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca. The Boston outpost of Mario Batali’s constantly-expanding empire is situated right on Fan Pier so you can enjoy the salt air with your salumi (or your sorbetto).